Nativity story a drive-through
The story of Christmas, chronicling the birth of Jesus rather than the modern whirlwind of parties, shopping and food, will be brought to life in Auckland’s only drive-through nativity scene.
For six nights the Greenlane Christian Centre will transform its car park into a Christmas scene where anyone in need of reminding where the traditional holiday began can drive in for a little peace.
The Christmas drive-through is an annual event for the church community and last year drew 3000 visitors.
Those who head along will experience live action reproductions as actors play out the tale on four sets.
While the central themes are unchanged, a new script brings the messages into the 21st century.
‘‘We have four opportunities to present in different styles while keeping it about the Christmas story,’’ scriptwriter and scene director Hunter Scott says.
There will be a song and dance scene, a version of the Lorde hit Royals, and some events of the past year will be worked into the story.
‘‘We dig into the Americas Cup a little bit. The script is written a bit younger so it has a bit of humour,’’ he says.
Each scene lasts three minutes and can be performed up to 25 times in a night.
Pastor Max Jacobsen says more than 200 volunteers work hard over a long period to produce the show but the effort is well worth it.
‘‘This is what it’s all about for us as Christians – the coming of God and showing us how to live.
‘‘It puts it back into perspective.’’
Christmas story: Greenlane Christian Church is putting on a drive-through nativity story. Scene director Hunter Scott shows off his shepherd’s costume with pastor Max Jacobsen.